Lake District

Home of Beatrix Potter, dramatic landscapes and fascinating history.

Autumn in the Lake District

Visitors look up at a mural at Allan Bank

Exhibitions in the Lake District 

Feed your curiosity this year with new exhibitions inspired by your favourite places in the Lakes.

Two women walk their dog in early autumn at Tarn Hows

Planning your visit to the Lake District  

Get the best out of your visit to the Lake District by planning ahead. We're expecting the Lakes to be very busy this summer, so we've pulled together the tools, tips and guidance to help you make the most out of your trip and help us look after the Lake District. Find a car park, understand where you can and cannot stay overnight and get tips for ways to stay safe in the Lakes.

Where will you visit next?

Front of Townend house in the Lake District

Townend

A traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse, full of intricately carved furniture and rare books. Step into the garden and enjoy far-reaching views over the Troutbeck valley. Book ahead to guarantee entry.

Visitors at Treasurer's House, York

Places in the North where you need to book 

Some of the smaller places we care for in England will be opening with guided tours, so you’ll need to pre-book before your visit. These tours will be led by expert volunteers and will show the places in a new light. You may also need to book in advance at some other places temporarily, where visitor numbers need to be limited for practical reasons.

A couple enjoys a drink in the outdoor seating area at Sticklebarn

Enjoy outdoor dining at Sticklebarn  

Round off your day in the Langdales with a bite to eat at Sticklebarn. Enjoy super tasty light bites, hearty meals and drinks, sourced locally and all in the name of a great cause – looking after the Lakes. Relax indoors or make the most of hazy summer evenings on the terrace overlooking the rugged scenery of Great Langdale Valley.

Great Langdale Campsite, Cumbria

Places to stay 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there's so much to explore on a holiday in the Lake District. Discover craggy fells, wildflower-rich meadows, traditional sheep farms and crystal-clear lakes. We have a wide range of accommodation across the Lake District, from lakeside cottages to rustic bothies and campsites for you to browse and plan your stay.

Lake District history

Looking after the Lakes

A view over two lakes

The 13 valleys of the Lake District World Heritage Site 

The Lakes is home to 13 valleys. Read about the history of each of them, and how they make up the World Heritage Site.